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Mega ukulele jam at Proctor Farmers Market Aug. 4

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on July 30, 2012 at 6:26 am |
July 30, 2012 2:35 pm

It seems like everyone I know has suddenly picked up the ukulele. There are uke classes, orgs, bands and jams.

I hosted a beach party the other day and suddenly there was a ukulele session at the campfire. My puzzled Mexican cousin-in-law observed, “That is a strange Mariachi band.”

If you are a uker don’t miss Mega Uke Tacoma 2012 – Tacoma’s Biggest Ukulele Jam on Saturday, August 4 at the Proctor Farmers Market in Tacoma.

Hosted by WASSUP (Washington Association of South Sound Ukulele Players) it promises “two hours of ukulele fun with 100 of your new best friends!”

WASSUP has been performing at the market annually but this year founder Tom Brooks thought, “Let’s make something big out of this.” He’s hoping more than 100 people will gather to listen to WASSUP and jam with the group.

Brooks was playing upright bass in jazz combos on the weekends when a friend gave him a uke. “I started taking it with me everywhere and learned to play many of the same songs I was playing on the weekends with the jazz combos.”

The ukulele produces a uniquely joyful sound and appeals to a diverse fan base who enjoy playing together, Brooks said. “This little instrument is easy to learn but offers unlimited complexity for more advanced playing.”

Brooks said there has been a ukulele “revolution” lately. “Kids love them, adults love them, and they are affordable. Arthur Godfrey used to say, ‘A kid can’t get in too much trouble when he has a ukulele in his hands’.”

The schedule:
9-9:30 a.m. WASSUP performance
9:30-10 a.m. Beginner Instruction
10-10:30 a.m. Two-chord Jam
10:30-11 a.m Jam with WASSUP

The Proctor Farmers Market is at N. 27th and N. Proctor Streets.

WASSUP meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Point Defiance Village, 6414 North Park Way, Tacoma.

Brooks started the group about five years ago. He said about 15 to 25 people show up for the sessions. It’s open to everyone and all ages.

For song sheets and more info go here.

For more info call Brooks at 253-431-6694.

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